The LP releases from the Italian Europa always contain live and generally rare performances from major jazz artists. This particular album features three of the top jazz groups of the early '60s. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (the version with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, trombonist Curtis Fuller and tenor-saxophonist Wayne Shorter) plays "Children," and Horace Silver's Quintet (with trumpeter Blue Mitchell and tenor-saxophonist Junior Cook) performs the pianist's "Nica's Dream," and a relatively obscure version of Max Roach's Quintet (a pianoless group with Stanley Turrentine on tenor, trumpeter Tommy Turrentine and trombonist Julian Priester) play two of the drummer's originals. There is over 52 minutes of music on this stimulating LP, which like most of the Europa releases should be acquired while it is still around.
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